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The last few days of July would not be the same without Glorious Goodwood, and the 2016 schedule looks as enticing as ever. Good weather is almost guaranteed, and the panama hats will be out in force as the attire of choice at this unique meeting. This year will see the week branded as the Qatar Goodwood Festival and we move into the fifth day of the meeting.

Glorious Goodwood tips - Saturday

The 2016 Glorious Goodwood Festival enters the fifth and final day on Saturday, and the seven-race racecard is filled with the quality associated with the fantastic fixture.

Getting underway at 2.00pm for the first of seven races, the day’s racecard features not only the Group One Nassau Stakes, but also the hugely competitive Stewards’ Cup sprint. 


2:00 - MISTERIOSO (16/1, William Hill)
2:35 - SHABBAH (8/1, William Hill
3:10 - MINDING (2/7, Coral)
3:45 - RIDGE RANGER (16/1, Boylesport
4:20 - LOCKHEED (Evens, Sky Bet
4:55 - HORNSBY (10/1, Sky Bet
6:00 - HEISMAN (6/1, Sky Bet)

2:00 - Qatar Stewards´ Sprint Stakes (Handicap) (Consolation Race for The Qatar Stewards´ Cup) Cl2 6f

A competitive opening race on the final day of Glorious Goodwood, and this could offer up some clues as to where the best of the draw might fall for the Stewards’ Cup proper.

A tentative vote in the opener goes to Jamie Osborne’s MISTERIOSO (16/1, William Hill) who has found winning difficult since he was successful at Salisbury on only his second career start but to be fair to the Iffraaj colt, he had been set plenty of stiff assignments on the back of that win last season when trained by Richard Hannon.

He’s taken some time to find his stride for his current handler, but the drop to six furlongs seems to have rekindled some spark, and he produced a career best to resume winning ways at Ascot earlier in the month when gaining a narrow verdict over Merhoob, getting up late.

That was followed by a creditable fourth to Under Siege at Chelmsford where he wasn’t suited by the steady pace, and he should appreciate the much stronger pace he’s likely to get this time around. Positioned towards the centre of the track, he has a 6lbs penalty to defy, but he is unexposed over this trip and could have more to offer.

Misterioso can win the opening race on the final day of the 2016 Glorious Goodwood Festival.

2:35 - Qatar Handicap Cl2 1m4f

SHABBAH (8/1, William Hill) has taken his form to a new level since his attentions were switched to handicapping this term, rattling off a hat-trick of successes at Bath, Nottingham and Sandown, and Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was only just denied a four-timer at Ascot earlier in the month behind Manjaam where he was beaten only a head.

The Sea The Stars colt showed battling qualities to rally once headed having tried to make the running, and likely to have more to offer over this distance despite being raised 4lbs in the weights he is taken to get the better of stablemate Shraaoh in the contest.

Ryan Moore has ridden the selection in two of his successes, and takes the reins once more with Frankie Dettorie claimed by Al Shaqab  for the other Stoute runner, who has to bounce back from a Royal Ascot shocker last time; and the pair can get back to winning ways here. 

3:10 - Qatar Nassau Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 1m1f192y

Only five runners line up for this Group One contest in what should be a penalty kick for Aidan O’Brien’s MINDING (2/7, Coral) who is impossible to oppose as she bids to add this prize to her already impressive haul.

The Galileo filly is arguably the leading 3-y-o filly of the season, winning the 1000 Guineas and Oaks, and only narrowly beaten in the Irish 1000 Guineas despite enduring a troubled passage. 

Having stormed to success in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last time when running out an easy four length winner over Bocca Baciata who has since boosted the form further, she should have little trouble in despatching these rivals where it would be a huge shock if she were turned over.

Minding can land another big prize by winning Saturday's Nassau Stakes.

3:45 - Qatar Stewards´ Cup (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 6f

RIDGE RANGER (16/1, Boylesport) may be able to defy her big weight and land another valuable prize, having scored readily at York last time in Group Three company.

That success sees Eric Alston’s classy sprinter carry a 6lbs penalty for this assignment, but she could be up to the task having ran creditably this term prior to that all-the-way success. 

The Bushranger mare is already a winner at this venue over five furlongs, but she has proved six furlongs to be well within her range and she has contested some valuable contests behind the likes of Jane’s Memory and Marsha this term in Listed company.

Her win last time has been franked by the fourth home going close in the recent Hackwood Stakes,  while he fifth home has won a competitive Newmarket handicap; and her Ayr run has been similarly boosted so Eric Alston’s charge could still be well-in despite her penalty.

A half-sister to King’s Stand Stakes winner Profitable, the Bushranger mare is drawn low in the number two stall, and while she doesn’t need to make the running she is likely to be prominent and could prove up to defying this career-high rating back in a handicap.

4:20 - Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl2 7f

LOCKHEED (Evens, Sky Bet) found only a well-regarded Frankel colt too good when creating a fine impression on debut at Ascot earlier in the month, finishing just one length behind Seven Heavens but possibly flattered by the proximity.

William Haggas’ charge was an expensive purchase, and he showed plenty of ability when pulling clear of the third home although was no match for the cosy winner who looked to win with something in hand.

The fourth home has since won a minor race at Ffos Las, while the seventh home acquitted himself well in a strong maiden here earlier in the week, and the Exceed and Excel colt sets a stiff standard on the evidence of that debut run where typical improvement will likely see him hard to beat.

4:55 - Qatar Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 7f

HORNSBY (10/1, Sky Bet) showed some good form as a juvenile, winning at Newmarket on her second outing and then finishing just three lengths’ behind Galileo Gold at Haydock on her final two-year old start.

The Dubawi colt missed a good part of this season, but he made a telling return when getting the better of the useful Mikmak at Doncaster last month on his return to action, and there was plenty to like about his run in third when beaten just over one length behind Von Blucher at Newmarket in the Bet365 Mile last time out earlier in the month where the trip might just have stretched his stamina.

Back down in trip here, he looks open to further improvement and can bounce back to winning form under James Doyle.

James Doyle can bag another winner at Glorious Goodwood by steering Hornsby to success.

6:00 - Qatar Apprentice Stakes (Handicap) Cl3 1m1f

HEISMAN (6/1, Sky Bet) won twice for Olly Stevens, scoring on the all-weather at both Kempton and Lingfield, and posting some creditable efforts in defeat inbetween those successes.

Having been moved to George Baker’s yard, he shaped as if in need of the run behind Capo Rosso at Haydock in June; but he produced much better form to get back to winning ways with a defeat of Bold Prediction at Yarmouth last time where first-time cheekpieces looked to produce some improvement in the Teofilo gelding.

The headgear is retained for this assignment, and just 2lbs higher he can follow up if arriving in similar mood with the prospect of improvement still to come from the lightly raced sort.


2:00 - MISTERIOSO (16/1, William Hill)

2:35 - SHABBAH (8/1, William Hill

3:10 - MINDING (2/7, Coral)

3:45 - RIDGE RANGER (16/1, Boylesport

4:20 - LOCKHEED (Evens, Sky Bet

4:55 - HORNSBY (10/1, Sky Bet

6:00 - HEISMAN (6/1, Sky Bet)

glorious goodwood schedule & tips

Day One – Tuesday

The meeting kicks off with a bang on the Tuesday, with the feature race being the Qatar Lennox Stakes. This Group Two race for three year olds or older is run over seven furlongs, and has had some top class winners in the past, including Observatory (2000), Paco Boy (2008) and Toormore (2015). The £300,000 prize is the highlight of a seven race card with quality throughout.

2.00 - Handicap Stakes
3.45 - bet365 Summer Handicap
4.20 - Weatherbys Private Banking Stakes
4.55 - EBF Maiden Stakes
5.30 - Turf Club Stakes

Day Two – Wednesday

This day contains one of the highlights of the flat racing season, the Sussex Stakes. This Group One with a prize fund of £1,000,000 is run over a distance of one mile, and has seen some great champions pass into the winners’ enclosure including the great Frankel. Frankel won the race twice, in 2011 as a three year old, before returning the following year as a four year old in 2012. The roll of honour around Frankel is every bit as impressive, with horses of the calibre of Canford Cliffs, Ramonti, Rip Van Winkle, Soviet Song Rock of Gibralter and the great Giant’s Causeway among a host of horses in its recent history.

2.00 - Goodwood Handicap Stakes
2:35 - Gordon Stakes
3:45 - Molecomb Stakes
4:20 - Insurance Maiden Fillies' Stakes
4.55 - Veuve Cliquot Fillies and Mares Stakes
5.25 - Nat West Stakes Handicap

Day Three – Thursday

This is Ladies’ Day, and the fashionistas will be out in force. The competition off the track will be just as fierce as the action on the track, with the ladies competing for fantastic prizes in the fashion stakes. The Qatar Goodwood Cup, run over two miles, is the highlight of the day in racing terms. The roll of honour is impressive, with some of the best stayers in the business contesting it. It forms a leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown (along with the Ascot Gold Cup and the Doncaster Cup). The great Yeats won the race twice in 2006 and 2008, with Persian Punch, Double Trigger and Kayf Tara also among the winners.

2:05 - Landrover Stakes Stakes
2:35 - Richmond Stakes
3:45 - Lillie Langtry Stakes
4:20 - EBF New Ham Maiden Fillies' Stakes
4.55 - Telegraph Nursery Stakes
5.30 - Tatler Stakes Handicap

Day Four – Friday

Speedsters take centre stage on the Friday of Goodwood, with the Qatar King George Stakes over five furlongs being the highlight of the day. The top racemare Lochsong is a dual winner of this event, in 1993 and 1994. Kingsgate Native, Borderlescott and The Tatling are other favourites of the racing public to have won the race in the past. The speedy nature of the track at Goodwood means that horses will hurtle past the grandstands at speeds of over 40 miles per hour, thrilling the crowds.

2.00 - Coutts Glorious Stakes
2:35 - Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes
3:10 - Betfred Mile
3:45 - King George Stakes
4:20 - Betfred Nursery Stakes
4:55 - Oak Tree Stakes
5:30 - Betfred Mobile Handicap

Day Five – Saturday

The final day of the festival is my personal favourite, with the Group One Nassau Stakes being the feature race. Run over one mile and one furlong, and restricted to fillies and mares, the race has been won in the past be such horses as Ouija Board and Alborada. The great mare Midday won the race three times between 2009 and 2011 and was trained by the great Sir Henry Cecil. The other main race on this day is the Stewards’ Cup, a thrill-a-minute handicap run over six furlongs, won in 2015 by subsequent group performer Magical Memory.

By the end of the five days of exhilarating action, punters are guaranteed to be left breathless and anticipating the following year’s festival with fever.

2.00 - Stewards Sprint Handciap
2.35 - Educate A Child Handicap
3.10 - Nassau Stakes
3.45 - Stewards' Cup
4.20 - Qatar EBF Maiden Stakes
5.00 - Qatar Handicap Stakes
5.35 - Apprentice Handicap

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